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Lots to see at last First Friday of the summer

Ashland galleries will band together for a robust September First Friday Art Walk as we move into the fall, the smoke lifts and the SOU Fall Term begins.

At Art and Soul Gallery (247 East Main St.) the paintings and sculpture of Marjett Schille will be featured. Schille was born in Washington State and was a working artist in Seattle for nearly 30 years before moving to the Rogue Valley in 2003. She is a diverse creator, working in various media including oil and watercolor, as well as ceramic sculpture. The event will feature live music by Rick Millward.

Up the street at the Ashland Art Center (357 East Main St.), Denise Kester — a monoprint and collage expert who has collaborated on seminars with Jean Houston and others — will present her show, “Story Art and How I Survived The Smokey (sic) Summer of 2018.” Also at the venue will be “Elated Odessy,” a joint presentation of artists Jennifer Anne Nelson and Lisa Nelson. Jennifer Anne Nelson, who is also a member of the co-op permanent staff, is an emerging Valley artist who works with archetypes and cultural symbols as a primary influence.

Ashland Artworks (291 Oak St.) will feature “Gateways and Three-Dimensional Sketches,” a show of work featuring raku wall pieces, figures, and “healing bowls” by Lorene Senesac, as well as wire sculptures by George Popa. Tradewinds Duo will provide music.

At SOU’s Center for the Visual Arts (on campus), the summer exhibitions that have already been covered in this column previously will continue.

At Gallerie Karon (500 A St.), the “Female of the Species” exhibit will mount its second series of work, with more than 20 female artists represented in the space, which will include a “main attraction” photographic wall hanging of two giraffes taken by Judy Benson LeNier in Tanzania.

Galt Gallery at 40 North Main St. will present “Animals of the Spirit,” animal-inspired tribal creations by Wendy Bloom, Loren Shaw and Mariano Padilla.

At Ashland’s perennially relevant Hanson Howard Gallery (89 Oak St.), Judy Howard and Élan Chardin Gombart will mount a show of woodcuts by Noriko Sugita, who layers thin pigments of saturated color, along with active marks, through a reductive woodcut printing technique. Sugita — originally from Hakodate, Japan — graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2004. Ceramic sculpture by Cheryl Williams, an artist who has worked and shown for over 25 years and is represented in the White House Collection as well as in numerous corporate and preeminent private collections, will also be featured.

At private studios around town, there are treasures to be had, also, with Oak Leaf Studio (247 Oak St.) featuring new landscapes by Leif Trygg and Studio A.B. (621 A St.) showing drawings by Ann DiSalvo and “digital collage” by B. Bayard. Visitors to the studios will be able to meet all of the featured artists, who will be on hand to answer questions.

As always, the First Friday Art Walk will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at various venues around the city of Ashland. For more information, visit www.ashlandgalleries.com/events/first-friday-artwalk/.

Ashland resident Jeffrey Gillespie is a Tidings columnist, arts reviewer and freelance writer. Email him at gillespie.jeffrey@gmail.com.

Image by Noriko Sugita, compliments of the Hanson Howard Gallery website.